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“An unexpected treasure”

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino
Ranked #20 of 512 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: Located in Xochimilco, at Mexico City’s southern extreme, the Dolores Olmedo Museum is housed in a rambling stone structure, originally dating from the Sixteenth Century, formerly known as the Hacienda La Noria. By donating her art collection to the people of Mexico, Dolores Olmedo Patiño created a cohesive whole, where treasures of the fine arts were incorporated into colonial construction added during the Seventeenth Century, surrounded by lush gardens, shaded by singularly Mexican plant species, and inhabited by gorgeous animals like the magical peacocks –seemingly confected of living jewels—and the enigmatic hairless Xoloiztcuintle dogs, a Precolumbian breed that is unique to behold and warm to the touch.Since the museum opened its doors to the public in September of 1994, its greatest treasure is its painting. The world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are housed here permanently and are adored by the legions of visitors who flock to admire them. There is, as well, a collection of the woodcuts and book illustrations by Russo-French painter Angelina Beloff, Rivera’s companion during his early years as a budding painter in Europe.
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“An unexpected treasure”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This place is far, very far, but at the same time, it's a little gem and there's nobody there to get in your way. The collection is lovely, the gardens are lovely and our kids were totally captivated by the peacocks and hairless dogs. I would say if you have the time, it's worth the trip.

Visited July 2013
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Carlsbad, CA
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“Gorgeous grounds, interesting artwork”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

I could have completely skipped the museums and just spent all day looking at peacocks, up close and personal. But when I was able to tear myself away, the small and manageable museums were great too!

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth an effort to go to”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Subway to Tesquena then light railway - you need a different ticket - to La Noria (A couple of stops before Xochimilo) then walk around the corner to the museum. It will take you an hour or a little more; but it is absolutely worth it. Personally I enjoy the ride on the train, it is an integral part of the experience of Mexico. The museum is a delight. Free on Tuesday, it is a beautiful house set in lovely grounds, has some impressive works by Rivera, Kahlo and contemporaries as well as magnificent pre-Columbian art. The whole experience of the visit is a delight, from walking up the drive to the house to the house itself to the artworks it holds to sitting in the cafe afterwards. We enjoyed the peacocks and the funny hairless dogs that pose obligingly by the statue of a funny hairless dog.

Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Quiet, non touristic museum”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a wonderful little museum off the beaten path near Xochimilco (the boats). Pieces from some of Mexico's best known artists, including Diego Rivera, Tamayo, and Frida Kahlo. The architecture is a neat blend of colonial, indigenous, and contemporary styles. Check out the gardens and the esquincle dogs, who hang out with their own sculpture!

Visited July 2012
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Marco Island, Florida
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“Best Diego Rivera collection”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

The former house of Dolores Olmedo, quite a unique character herself is famous due to the Best collection of Diego's art.
The location is not near tourist areas, but if you are staying in the south side of the city or have plenty of time to visit you will not regret it.
The house itself is beautiful and you will also find a open cage where they keep Dolores favorite dogs, the Mexico's endemic Xoloscuincle race.
Hope this is helpful.

Visited November 2012
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